4 teams that could steal Harrison Barnes from the Kings

Harrison Barnes (40), Sacramento Kings against Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Harrison Barnes (40), Sacramento Kings against Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Harrison Barnes was a big part of the Sacramento Kings’ long-awaited return to the playoffs. He provided veteran presence, three-point shooting, and defense that fit well with the Kings’ young pieces. This is the first time since 2016 that Barnes is a free agent, and since he is 30, he will be looking to sign a lucrative long-term contract.

Considering last regular season’s success, the Kings might want to try to keep Barnes around, but he has other options, too. Not many great wing players are on the market this summer, but plenty of teams are looking for a 3-and-D wing to pair with their stars. Barnes is the prototype of that player and could be the missing piece for several teams. So, let’s look at four teams that could steal him from the Kings.

4. Indiana Pacers

The Pacers look like they are close to figuring something out. In the 56 games that Haliburton played, they looked pretty good. He was an All-Star this season and has a bright future as the team’s centerpiece. Rookie Bennedict Mathurin also had a promising season and could grow into one of their main offensive options soon.

What the Pacers do not have at the moment, however, is a power forward to round out the starting lineup. Barnes can play the four, and even though he is not the most mind-blowing power forward out there, he is solid. Solid could be good enough for now.

The Pacers already have six players averaging double-figures, four averaging over 15 points, and decent three-point shooters, including Myles Turner. What they need from a power forward right now is defense, shooting, and floor spacing, which Barnes can provide. That way, they could play lineups with five good or at least decent outside shooters on the floor.

Besides, the Pacers are in a good position regarding this year’s draft and could pick up their power forward of the future. Since whoever they draft will not be ready immediately, Barnes could help guide them for a few years until they are ready to take over.